The tuxedo is a fabulous martini fit for a chic black tie affair. It's very similar to the imperial cocktail, which adds maraschino to the famous combination of gin and dry vermouth. This recipe brings in another twist with just a hint of anise liqueur.
A great dinner cocktail, the classic tuxedo offers an array of flavors, though the additions are very subtle. You'll notice that the maraschino and anise liqueurs are measured by the teaspoon, not the ounce, and this is important. A gentle touch is required when pouring because too much of either (especially the anise) will quickly throw off the drink's balance.
Gather the ingredients.
Pour all ingredients in a mixing glass filled with ice.
Garnish with a maraschino cherry.
Serve and enjoy!
- As with any martini, choose a top-shelf gin for the tuxedo. Something like a traditional dry gin is preferred and will lay the foundation for an impressive tasting cocktail.
- For the vermouth, the biggest consideration is that it's fresh. Unlike liquor, the fortified wine has a short shelf life and should be enjoyed or replaced within three months of opening the bottle.
- There really is no good substitute for the maraschino in this particular recipe. It has a drier flavor profile than other cherry liqueurs and those sweet options will not produce the drink's intended taste.
- You can use anisette or absinthe for the anise liqueur. You will find that some anise-flavored liqueurs work better than others and much of that will depend on the brand of gin that you choose.
- Though the bitters are undefined, it's likely that aromatic bitters (e.g., Angostura) would have been the original choice for a tuxedo.
The flavor of anise is best described as black licorice, which is not everyone's favorite flavor. It does add a nice dimension to the drink's taste. You can lessen its effect even more by simply using the liqueur to rinse the glass: Pour the liqueur into a chilled cocktail glass, then swirl it around to evenly coat the inside, and dump out any excess. When mixing the drink, you only have to stir the gin, vermouth, maraschino, and bitters together.
How Strong Is a Tuxedo Cocktail?
Martinis are rarely what anyone would consider a weak drink. They're actually quite potent and the tuxedo falls right in line with the majority. Though it will vary depending on the strength of the spirits and exactly how much you pour, this cocktail's alcohol content should fall somewhere around 24 percent ABV (48 proof). That's half the strength of a straight shot of the gin, so it's probably wise to take it easy with this one.